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A.  Goals and Objectives (Continued)
o Grantees must pursue five goals:

- increase participants1 motivation to complete secondary education
and enhance graduation rates

- increase application rates to postsecondary institutions

- increase participants1 knowledge of educational opportunities and
financial aid availability

- increase the number of accurate applications from students for
financial assistance

- enhance participants' motivation to complete studies in a post-
secondary institution

B.  Progress and Accomplishments

o The Department implemented cost-effective grant monitoring procedures.
These included extensive telephone monitoring, reviews of annual per-
formance reports and other data, and on-site cross-program monitoring.

o The Department made 33 noncompeting continuation awards.

o A new annual performance report form for use by the EOC Program grantees
was developed and submitted to OMB for approval, but it was not approved
and a revised form is being prepared.

o The new project monitoring procedures were used to assess accomplishment
of the five goals established for the grantees.

C.  Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness

Program Scope: In Fiscal Year 1984, the Department made 33 continuation
awards for an average award of $245,512. The projects provided services
to an estimated 104,300 participants at an average cost per participant of
$78. Total program awards were $8,101,898.

Types of Benefits Provided: The Centers operate a recruiting effort to
identify persons who need the program's services, to counsel them about
opportunities for furthering their education, and to help them apply for
admission and financial aid. The Centers also provide remedial and tutorial
services to students enrolled or accepted for enrollment in postsecondary
schools.

Program Effectiveness; Program data for FY 1981, the latest available,
show that 33,021participants were placed in postsecondary schools or
other types of training programs, while another 8,078 participants were
accepted by a postsecondary institution but had not begun their studies.dividual projects. This will make possible